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Woodland Loop Trail opens with ribbon cutting

NEWTON, NC (May 6, 2013) – The City of Newton, Catawba Valley Heritage Alliance and Lightning Cycles celebrated the opening of new Woodland Loop Trail at Jacob Fork Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.

“The inspiration for the trail came from Catawba Valley Heritage Alliance,” Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “You have taken a diamond in the rough and made it a beautiful shining addition to Jacob Fork Park. The City thanks you very much for everything you’ve done, and I know it’s going to be enjoyed by people locally and regionally.”

Mayor Stedman and CVHA President Kenyon Kelly acknowledged all the organizations that had a hand in making the trail a reality from design to construction.

“I just want to thank everyone who helped; we couldn’t have done it without all the different partners,” Kelly said after identifying each organization’s contribution.

Hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers alike can enjoy the 2.25 mile Woodland Loop Trail. A collaborative effort between the City of Newton, CVHA and Lightning Cycles, with financial support from North Carolina State Parks and Specialized Bikes, construction of the trail was completed in 2013. Volunteers, organized through the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, donated their time to build the trail, which winds through a wooded area in Jacob Fork Park.

Designed by Woody Keen of Trail Dynamics, the Woodland Loop Trail will have a minimal impact on the local ecosystem. In an effort to minimize erosion, the tread of the trail was constructed to allow surface water to flow evenly across the trail, following its natural course downhill.

The Woodland Loop Trail complements the 100-acre park that marks the convergence of the Jacob Fork and Henry Fork rivers into the South Fork River. Jacob Fork Park is located at 3730 West NC 10. The Woodland Trail is open until 8 p.m. from April to October and until 5 p.m. from November to March. For more information, contact the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.